Glasgow Crime Poster

[Photo of police poster]THIS POSTER WAS SPOTTED OUTSIDE CROSSMYLOOF RAILWAY STATION IN SHAWLANDS.

It states:

“3691
fewer victims of common assault”

I don’t know about you, but this poster troubled me.

First of all, why are the police paying for advertising posters like this? Is this a good use of financial resources? Perhaps, as a result of the suggested drop in criminal activity, the police have the time and money for this project?

It then begs the question, why are there fewer victims? The police deal with assault, rather than with the reasons for assault, so they cannot be given credit for lower crime, however, the poster carries the  suggestion that the Police have had some positive effect, that the police in some way are responsible for the drop in this crime figure, when such a notion is utterly preposterous.

This leads to the next question: are there fewer victims of common assault because of a drop in reported assaults, a change in the definition of common assault or victim, or a change in reporting period?  What is the context, and what possible reasons – what lessons can we learn? The poster is an insult to the intelligence.

We’re not especially au fait with Scots Law, so the term, common assault, suggests that there could well be other kinds of assault (although I don’t know what they are, nor if they exist), perhaps the figures have been manipulated such that the 3691, or a portion thereof, has been taken from the common assault category and simply moved to another category, or other categories, of assault.

I have a problem too with the number given.  It is not a percentage, it is an extremely precise (not rounded up or down) figure, 3691.

What does this number mean? Fewer than what and when? 3691 fewer than last week? Last year? what?

Finally, if the poster is not pro-Police, but simply to make Glaswegians happier or to feel safer, it fails miserably because 3691 is a massive number — and yet it is not the number of common assaults, it is merely the variation!  If 3691 is the drop, what on earth is the actual number of common assaults?  Having a drop of 3691 implies that common assaults must be many times greater than this figure.  One ought to immediately begin to take care as assault is very likely imminent.

I must say that it would not be much of a comfort to visitors to the city. Poor tourists! Mind you, they ought to have heard about Glasgow’s violent reputation before coming, from sites such as this. Or this.

Things are getting worse when Police put up posters to scare or con an unsuspecting public.

Beating The Meat Thieves

[photo of security tagged meat in supermarket]I WAS STRUCK BY THE ARRIVAL OF SECURITY TAGGING IN THE SUPERMARKET – FOR RAW MEAT.

Chops, minced beef, steaks, you name it, it was security tagged. Presumably this is to foil shoplifters, which begs the question – how out-of-hand was this problem to go to the extra trouble of a new IT system?

[security tagged meat in supermarket]Did all that many people really steal freezing cold raw meat? Did they hide them down their trousers or up their jumpers? I shiver at the very thought! Imagine the irony of being caught stealing some tagged mince, and being tagged as a criminal!

Things are getting worse when this sort of thing has to happen. Whatever’s next – a pin number and password to get a pie?

Crime Pays Royalties

[Picture of Bookshiop window display of Glasgow crime novels]THE THING THAT GETS ME ABOUT GLASGOW GANGLAND CRIMINALS IS THAT THEY ARE NOT MERELY SATISFIED WITH BEING GANGLAND CRIMINALS, THEY ALSO WANT TO WRITE BESTSELLERS!

Just look at the main window display in a local bookstore [click on Picture to enlarge].

Glasgow has been the murder capital of Europe in recent times (see This Clipped News article).

It seems incongruous, but it is true; Glasgow gangland bosses must be the best educated gangland bosses anywhere.

Where else do gangland criminal bosses make the bestseller lists?

Things are getting worse when gangland criminals make as much of not more money by writing crime novels than by doing novel crimes!

Stolen Gran’s Wheelchair Frame!

[picture of notice about granny wheelchair theft]I COULD BARELY BELIEVE THE NOTICES PUT UP AROUND SHAWLANDS OVER THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY PERIOD.

[Click on the picture to enlarge the image]

It reads as follows:

“Between 10pm 10/12 and 9am 11/12 somebody stole my 80year old grans scooter, its a Sterling Little
Star Mobility Scooter. it was chained to the stair railings inside the close of xxx kilmarnock road
shawlands.
only the frame was taken, we still have the seat,basket,battery and the key so its pretty useless to
anybody.
if somebody has seen it or knows where it is pelase let me know as its the only way my gran has of
getting around,

it has been reported to the police

if you can help please contact me Darren 07833215xxx or contact the police on 01415324900

Or go into poundstretchers and ask for Danny”

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Granny.  Things are getting worse when someone would steal such a thing; it’s obvious what it is and does — and who would need it.

Nobody would steal this — surely not!  What for? scrap?  It just seems to unlikely to me that someone would stoop so low.

Maybe it was a daft kids’ prank.

Kilmarnock Road is the main road, full of pubs, shops, bus stops, restaurants, clubs, all interspersed with doorways to the “Common Close” stairs and corridors for the flats/ apartments above. So if it was a daft kid’s prank, surely someone would have seen something and reported it.

Maybe things are getting worse when no-one has any information, or when people don’t have the values to go up to kids and ask what’s what. Shame on us all.

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